CHARLESTON - An Ohio man has filed an asbestos lawsuit against 38 companies, claiming they produced asbestos-containing materials, which caused him to contract mesothelioma.

David Holter of Columbus filed a suit Nov. 1 in Kanawha Circuit Court, seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Holter worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber from 1965 to 1979, where he claims he was exposed to asbestos. Goodyear is named as a defendant in the suit.

According to the suit, Holter worked as a laborer and maintenance worker for the Goodyear plant in Apple Grove, W.Va. Part of his job was to tear off insulation, which contained asbestos.

Holter claims the plant had specific knowledge of asbestos exposure, asbestosis, cancer and mesothelioma during the relevant time periods.

Holter has incurred medical and hospital bills, suffering tremendous pain of body and mind, because of his mesothelioma.

In the 11-count suit, Holter and his wife seek compensatory and punitive damages.

Attorney William K. Schwartz is representing the Holters. The case has will be assigned to a visiting judge.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-2374

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